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Recruitment #18-001565-0002




MD Department of Juvenile Services

Backbone Mountain Youth Center

Route 1, 124 Camp 4 Road

Swanton, MD 21561

Main Purpose of Job

The Alcohol and Drug Professional Counselor Provisional is the entry level of work, at the noncertified Master's degree level counseling clients with substance use disorders by using intervention, treatment and rehabilitation, under close supervision from a clinical supervisor approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.


Learns to provide counseling and case management services to clients with substance use disorders with the most complex problems as defined by standard treatment criteria

Learns to advocate for client services, collaborate with other disciplines involved in providing client treatment and coordinate all treatment activities with services provided to the client by other resources

Learns to provide group counseling to clients with substance use disorders

Learns to evaluate client progress in implementing the treatment plan and to make appropriate changes to ensure progress

Learns to screen clients with substance use disorders and to determine the most appropriate initial course of action with regard to substance treatment

Learns to assess clients with substance use disorders to gather and interpret information necessary for planning treatment and evaluating client progress

Learns to develop client treatment plans and strategies to obtain the desired treatment outcomes

Learns to make referrals to facilitate the client's use of available support systems and community resources in response to needs identified in clinical evaluation

Learns to identify and respond to clients in crises

Learns to provide life skills education relevant to the recovery process to clients with substance use disorders, their families, and community groups

Learns to document client information in accordance with accepted principles of client record management

Learns to adhere to accepted ethical and behavioral standards of conduct and participates in continuing professional development

Performs other related duties.


Education: A Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health or human services counseling field from an accredited college or university approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists or completion of a program of studies judged by the Board to be substantially equivalent in subject matter and training.

Experience: None.



Experience providing substance abuse counseling to clients.

Experience creating treatment plans.

Experience performing intakes and assessments for admission to alcohol and drug counseling programs.

Case management experience.

Experience in crisis intervention.

Letter of Authorization to practice as a trainee from MD Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists – if you possess a Letter of Authorization, please upload it with your application or fax it to Linda Padgett at 410-333-4188.

Possession of a CAC-AD or CSC-AD from MD Board of Professional Counselors. If you possess a CAC-AD or CSC-AD please upload it with your application or fax it.


1. In accordance with Health Occupations Title 17 and Code of Maryland Regulations 10.58.07, candidates placed in this classification must apply for and receive a letter of authorization to practice as a trainee from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists within 90 days of their date of hire.

2. Employees must successfully obtain certification or licensure from the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as either a Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug or a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor within one year of meeting the experience requirements for Certified Professional Counselor-Alcohol and Drug.

3. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in 
accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for one year.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training, and experience as it relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate educational and employment information on your application.  Please make sure to provide sufficient information on your application to show the qualifications for this recruitment. For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. This list will be used by DJS hiring agency to select employees.



Online application process is strongly urged. However, if you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application to the address below or fax a paper application to the fax number below.  If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#. The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:  

   Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

   OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit

   One Center Plaza

   120 W. Fayette St.

   Baltimore, MD 21201

   Attn: Linda Padgett

   Fax number 410-333-4188

   TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please, contact DJS Office of Human Resources at  Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.